JUDITH1654's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JUDITH1654 JUDITH1654's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Back Issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427600 My back has been hurting for some time but I just figured it was age, diabetes and overweight. Found out a few weeks ago that I have a degenerative disc - meaning it's bulging. <BR> <BR> Saw the orthopedic doctor today and has given me anti-inflammatory meds plus told me to wear a back brace. The dollar amount they wanted for theirs was ridiculous! I'll search elsewhere. <BR> <BR> He said if this doesn't work, plus the therapy, then I can get shots. After that, guess surgery is the ... Thu, 2 Nov 2017 19:57:05 EST Crud http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354387 Have had an upper respiratory since around the 10th. Finished medicine a week ago but can't get rid of the cough, which means I have no voice Consequently, I haven't been able to work since the 15th. <BR> <BR> Mostly, my energy level is almost non-existent. Doctor's office hasn't yet returned my call and I am seriously considering finding another doctor in my insurance's wheelhouse. This is ridiculous! Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:14:21 EST Lost one of my cats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306178 My beautiful, long-haired tortoise shell kitty passed away in the night. She was only four years old. Fri, 27 Jan 2017 11:07:44 EST February 7 - Sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089960 Apparently, I've been hit with that viral infection that is going around and have been out with it for about a week now. They're not happy at work but I'm not spreading the "love" around anymore than it's already been. <BR> <BR> The worst part is coughing so badly I get very little sleep, but hopefully, it will pass soon. Sun, 7 Feb 2016 10:15:04 EST February 1 - Credit Card http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6085082 Got one paid off completely about a week ago! <em>244</em> Mon, 1 Feb 2016 17:17:42 EST December 31 - HAPPY NEW YEAR!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055992 Wishing everyone a safe and prosperous New Year!!! <em>409</em> <em>408</em> <em>411</em> <em>107</em> <em>410</em> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 09:59:19 EST December 24 - MERRY CHRISTMAS!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052280 Hope everyone has a very safe and joyful holiday season!!!! <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <em>442</em> Thu, 24 Dec 2015 22:37:33 EST At Last http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6048144 The harvest gold vent hood and stovetop are officially replaced by new black appliances. Never thought it would happen but since the stovetop quit working for the most part, it was time. <BR> <BR> Now, to make sure it is cleaned properly. I told my son there will be no more leaving a mess after he cooks! <em>472</em> Tue, 15 Dec 2015 23:06:40 EST November 26 - Thanksgiving Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038126 HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!! <BR> <em>430</em> <em>429</em> <em>428</em> <em>427</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <em>195</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> On a side note - after almost 39 years, my stovetop finally quit on me!! Can't understand that!!! It's the last of the 70's Harvest Gold appliances to go! <em>28</em> Actually, the vent hood still works but after so many years, is definitely showing its age as it's almost impossible to keep clean, so am replacing it, too. Might a... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:20:26 EST November 3 - Losing a pet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6026334 My son's almost eleven year old German Shepherd is on his last legs. I tried to get Jordan to take Tico to the Humane Society since we couldn't afford the price of euthanasia. Selfishly, Jordan won't do it because he wants to bury Tico here, which is going to require a HUGE hole. <BR> <BR> In the meantime, the poor thing is suffering terribly and the price of a mobile euthanasia is twice the cost. At this point, Tico can't walk and an in-home euthanasia is the only answer, but the funds a... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 23:34:16 EST October 23 - Root Canal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6019880 Was my second one but this one was iffy. Apparently, since I had no tooth next to the problem tooth, the root had grown slightly crooked and the endodontist had trouble locating the rest of the root to remove. Luckily for me, he is a good and caring dentist because the only other option if he wasn't successful was extraction...which eventually would mean implant which is really, really expensive. <BR> <BR> Hopefully, this will put an end to the occasional dizziness I keep experiencing, w... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 12:31:17 EST September 15 - Tires http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997641 Forgot to mention as a follow up to my last blog that the Tuesday following Labor Day, I was able to replace two of my tires for only $43.00 - they were used but had better tread than mine and should last me at least a year till I can get new ones. <BR> <BR> Honestly, I hope by that time to have a new/used car. The repairs that are being taken care of this week are running to $700 and that is putting the car into the "nickel and dime" situation. <BR> <BR> Since I've only driven around ... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 01:37:39 EST September 7 - Labor Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5992952 Hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, as I was leaving work, I heard a funny sound and discovered I had a flat tire! There is a HUGE screw that I picked up from somewhere. Probably in the parking lot. <BR> <BR> The discount tire place was closed on Sunday so I went early this morning before work to get it taken care of only to discover they were closed today! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I'll try again tomorrow on my day off. <em>46</em> Mon, 7 Sep 2015 20:30:49 EST August 16 - Back at Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979246 Today was my third day back to work in the regular schedule and I must say, it's amazing how quickly one can get used to taking afternoon naps! <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Boy, do my feet hurt! Not used to standing on them for eight or nine hours after being off of them for almost a month. Sun, 16 Aug 2015 23:34:43 EST August 8 - Visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974361 Got to visit with my daughter and grandson. They were up from San Antonio for a quick visit. It was really good to see them. Thankfully (sort of), work still doesn't have me on the schedule so I didn't have to deal with tax-free weekend. I go back to work tomorrow for three days only. Hopefully by then, the scheduling will be back on track. Sat, 8 Aug 2015 21:15:49 EST July 29 - Fence finale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968886 It looks like I'm not going to get 100% satisfaction on the fence issue. Oh, they'll remove the excess fence panels and are willing to remove the 24 month deferred interest on the payments BUT they say there is no profit available to deduct $400 from my total bill. <BR> <BR> Yeah, right. Since when do companies operate in the red per job? I'm not happy but it looks as if I'm pressed against a wall and there's nothing I can do about it. <BR> <BR> Time to make lemonade!! <em>274</em> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 22:09:16 EST July 23 - Lab Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965678 Good news! The test results showed my rheumatoid as normal, so I don't have the arthritis. I really didn't think I did but I'm no doctor so wasn't sure. <BR> <BR> I think it's simply a case of repetitive movement causing pain and inflammation to my muscles that are used daily for eight hours a day. And at my age, I can't do what I did in my 20's and 30's. Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:14:33 EST July 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964421 I am happy to report that per the doctor, my blood pressure is down and my weight shows a three pound loss. Not great for three months but with bad knees and back, exercise is difficult. If I had a swimming pool, I would take advantage of that. Tue, 21 Jul 2015 15:18:28 EST July 20 - Medical Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964046 For years, I've had foot, ankle and hip problems, but I've always attested it to my inflamed knee that I've lived with since '03 and I knew since getting diabetes, the foot pain was a direct result. Unfortunately, since I work on my feet for seven to nine hours, the frequency and severity of the pains have increased, causing me to lose a lot of work - something I'm not used to. The pain has been so bad, I can barely walk, even with a cane. However, as long as I'm able, I've made myself str... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 23:02:25 EST July 16 - Continuing Saga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961910 Been worried all day about events from yesterday. When I got home, I asked my son if he had noticed how much blood was around the stump. He said the same thought occurred to him. <BR> <BR> After going outside, he came back and told me they lied...that not only was there no blood but the stump hadn't even been cut. <BR> <BR> A bit extreme just to get out of doing the work. We'll see what happens. Haven't heard from the company or the rep as of this evening but guess time will tell. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 20:25:52 EST July 15 - Oh, dear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961507 The installers came out to re-do the fence but in the process of trying to remove a tree trunk (which he shouldn't have been doing), he cut his hand and ended up at the hospital. Don't know what will happen from here. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 00:57:12 EST July 14 - Fixed...supposedly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960705 After leaving calls for both the fence company and the rep last night, by almost noon today, I still hadn't heard back from either one of them. So I finally just called the rep myself, who then called me back after speaking with the fence installation company. According to them, they had left me a message on my phone saying they would come back out this week to re-do the fence. They left me no such message and I told the rep that. <BR> <BR> I was prepared to go to the company that contrac... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 12:55:35 EST July 13 - The fence is installed...sort of http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960302 They installed it backwards!!!! Really??? I thought everyone knew that the person paying for the fence got the smooth side. Besides, I specifically instructed that I wanted the vertical slats on the neighbor's side so my Husky couldn't use them as a step-ladder to climb the fence!!! <BR> <BR> Having to re-do the fence will be a nightmare, not to mention will they make me wait? I'm debating offering them the choice of just reducing my bill by several hundred dollars. Not sure if they w... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 19:35:20 EST July 9 - Still waiting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958282 The new fence was supposed to have been installed this past Tuesday, but rain delayed the work so it was moved to tomorrow. Then, I received a call yesterday saying the rain caused another delay and now it will be Monday before they can install the fence. Guess I should have let them install the temporary but didn't know there would be so much rain delay. <BR> <BR> Most of the dogs stay in the yard. Just the Husky would take off if I didn't keep her on an extended leash when taking her ou... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 20:58:29 EST June 15 - Car and Scales http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945979 Tried to run my car at highway speed for the fifteen minutes my mechanic suggested and since I don't have A/C in my car, I preferred driving at night, plus the traffic would be less to contend with. Wouldn't you know it! I got lost! On a highway I've driven a million times to visit my daughter and grandson in Oklahoma, because it was dark and with the new construction, didn't see any signs specifying directions, so I ended up merging onto the wrong highway! That was scary. <BR> <BR> As... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 09:03:48 EST June 9 - Didn't pass inspection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942323 Apparently, because I only drive about four miles a day, the evap and catalys valves aren't able to process the eliminating gasses properly, which is why my car keeps failing inspection. So, I have been told to run my car for about fifteen minutes at highway speed to "clean out the systems", which hopefully, will allow the car to finally pass inspection. <BR> <BR> When I drove to Oklahoma every couple of months to visit my daughter and grandson, that did the trick with the three hour drive.... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 11:56:59 EST June 5 - Car Inspection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940168 So I'm without a car today. I had to cancel my other appointments for today in order to get my mechanic to get the "check engine" light off before my car would pass inspection. And being in the fifth day of grace, I just had no choice. <BR> <BR> I almost waited till my next day off (Tuesday) BUT can't afford a ticket at this point. About five weeks ago, I got cited for "running a stop sign" - when actually, I just didn't make what the officer considered a "complete" stop (was running late... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 10:16:16 EST June 3 - Lost Cat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939313 One of my cats died yesterday. He'd been staying under my bed for several days so knew something wasn't right, but we couldn't get him to come out from under it. I tried giving him food and water but he wasn't interested. Because I have concrete floors, I couldn't get down on my knees to get a look at him. When my son finally looked at him after work, the cat (Larry) was dead. Now, Moe is the only one left of the Stooge brothers, (Larry, Curly, Moe, Joe and Shimp). We buried him last n... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 22:39:49 EST June 1 - Rain & Fence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938148 We're supposed to have five straight days WITHOUT rain! (Apparently, we have broken a record of inches of rainfall since 1907.) That will hopefully give the ground a chance to dry out, which we need if my son is going to mow the backyard before the back fence is replaced. That should be done in six weeks and because of the Husky, we are going with an eight foot fence. Can't wait! Mon, 1 Jun 2015 22:44:08 EST May 22 - Knee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932764 My knee goes out on me every now and then but usually, it's okay within a couple of days. Not happening this time and I have already had to lose one day of work this week - I would hate to call in for tomorrow, but I can't stand, let alone walk on this bum knee when I have to use a cane just to get around the house. It's very annoying. <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> It's also preventing me from keeping up with my walking when I was starting to do so on a regular basis. I had actually lost thre... Fri, 22 May 2015 22:49:05 EST May 15 - Rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928637 Have had a lot of it - almost 10", which is the most rain we've had since 2002! It's nice the draught is over but sure makes it hard to mow! LOL <em>257</em> <em>27</em> <em>54</em> Fri, 15 May 2015 12:23:13 EST April 9 - Medical http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908625 The mole the doctor was supposed to freeze off didn't take very well. Only some of it has come off so I have to go back and have him re-do it. I didn't have this problem the first time he did it but what is really strange is that he won't do it in the morning! Only the afternoon. Weird. <BR> <BR> I also have to go back to the dentist. The bridge he put in has been hurting since the 31st and I don't remember my other bridge hurting like this. I'm having to pop Advil daily to manage t... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 00:45:18 EST April 7 - Visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907397 Got to visit with my daughter and grandson today and it was wonderful to see them! They'll be returning to San Antonio in a couple of days but was so glad for the chance to see them on my day off. So it's back to work tomorrow!! Tue, 7 Apr 2015 23:29:03 EST April 5 - HAPPY EASTER!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905888 Or rather I should say, Happy Resurrection Day. Target is actually closed today so I will be busy getting things done around the house. Plus, it's just nice to have an actual Sunday off and the only time I usually get to be off on a Sunday. <BR> <BR> My daughter and grandson will be in town this week, so I have a basket ready for my grandson and will spend part of the day with them after I've gone to the lab for a bunch of lab work tomorrow. The doctor said I have to fast for eight hour... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 14:40:43 EST March 16 - Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894033 Even though Spring is officially a few days away, judging by the leaves finally blossoming on the trees, I would say it's already here! LOL <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, I go for bridgework FINALLY! Have been putting this off for almost a year, but now that I have qualified for insurance coverage again at work, it can finally get done. <BR> <BR> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:46:44 EST March 5 - Almost a record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887754 Texas had the 4th largest recorded snowfall - 4 inches! While that isn't a lot to most northern states, it's a lot for us. The last recorded snowfall that was more was in 1947! <BR> <BR> Even though the sun came out today (thankfully) and melted the majority of the snow and ice, there are still areas that weren't touched due to too much shade. But with the temperatures heading for the low 60's this weekend, it will be gone in no time. Thu, 5 Mar 2015 20:47:58 EST February 27 - Last of Winter? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883747 Unusually, we only get ice every year and that usually only happens two times a year....maybe. This year, we've actually gotten SNOW <em>425</em> three or four times this year. Weird....but pretty. Thank goodness it is only a few times a year and only lasts a few days. I couldn't handle month after month of several feet worth of snow. I guess it's something you get used to but two or three days and I'm ready to see the sun...and some warmth. <BR> <BR> Texas may have strange weather bu... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:28:43 EST February 10 - Car results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873491 So the bill for repairing my car was just under $2,000 - about the Blue Book value. Plus, I was told there were some other issues that would need looking into before long. Since I barely put 3,000 miles a year on my car, I will strongly consider leasing if that need arises. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 22:41:27 EST January 22 - It's worse than I thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861147 Car repairs are going to be so high, it surpasses the value of the car. At this point, I need to just replace it, but with my credit plummeting over the past few years, it's probably not possible. My mom has offered to pay for the repairs but that's a LOT of money. <BR> <BR> Just not sure what is the best direction to go. <em>540</em> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:44:58 EST January 20 - It's not good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859074 After getting my oil changed in the car, I was told the serpentine (?) belt is about to crack which will cause the car to lose, at the very least, the power steering...not to mention not safe to drive. I was also told I have a major oil leak, which will double the repair bill. (sigh) <BR> <BR> Always something, but then again, the car IS 14 years old! Tue, 20 Jan 2015 22:18:35 EST January 19 - Car http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858201 Time for a new one!!! It heated up on me as I was taking the Husky to get her shots and without a cell phone, it definitely made me nervous. I really need the car to last another year. Just don't know. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 19:41:13 EST January 16 - Thank you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855658 I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for their happy birthday wishes. Hard to believe another year has gone by, but it has. I'm at the point where I celebrate the anniversary of my 30th year. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> My son-in-law finally made it back from his overseas tour of duty the first week in December and my daughter has had her hands full with purging to get ready for the move back to Texas, my grandson's birthday (which is the week before Christmas), then the holidays, a... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 09:29:22 EST January 1, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843490 WISHING EVERYONE A VERY, VERY HAPPY, SAFE AND SUCCESSFUL NEW YEAR!!!! <em>409</em> <em>408</em> <em>411</em> <em>107</em> Fri, 2 Jan 2015 01:18:35 EST December 25 - MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838378 WISHING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY A VERY SAFE AND MEMORABLE HOLIDAY SEASON!!! <em>445</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <em>444</em> <em>443</em> <em>442</em> Thu, 25 Dec 2014 12:46:06 EST December 19 - Merry Christmas!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835418 People say things don't last but my stove top of 37 1/2 years finally bit the dust! LOL Actually, it was just the front burner, which can easily be replaced. The large back burner hasn't worked in over ten years but we didn't really use it much anyway. Odd how the one seldom used quit working YEARS before the one that was used almost daily. <BR> <BR> Anyway, today is my grandson's (and a niece's) birthday. Conner turned 5 years old today! Hard to believe so much time has already passed... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:51:28 EST December 9 - Hours http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830498 Work called me today to tell me they were cancelling my hours for Thursday. That's fine. As long as I can maintain my 32 hours average to qualify for insurance next spring, that's all I care about. I can always add some vacation hours if need be. <BR> <BR> Besides, with my daughter and grandson coming into town next week, I have plenty to do before they arrive. Tue, 9 Dec 2014 21:35:16 EST December 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826153 I survived Black Friday, but as a neighbor of mine is fond of saying, "my tired is hanging out". It's going to take a few days to completely get caught up on sleep/rest. Working twelve to thirteen hours straight is hard on an old lady! LOL <em>40</em> Tue, 2 Dec 2014 01:21:36 EST November 21 - Howdy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820589 Just realized I haven't blogged in over a month - not that much going....which is nice for a change. <em>334</em> So thought I would just drop a "hello" and wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving. (Think of me when I am working on Black Friday!!) <em>40</em> I work from 5:45 pm on Thanksgiving afternoon to 6 am the next morning. But it's better than doing a split-shift and being there till close on Friday night! Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:00:59 EST HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808068 Hoping everyone has a fun and safe holiday!!!! <em>275</em> <em>333</em> <em>424</em> <em>431</em> <em>420</em> <em>419</em> <em>421</em> <em>422</em> <em>423</em> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:39:21 EST October 2 - A Nice Surprise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791343 Received fresh cut flowers - 18 long-stemmed roses (multi-colors) from my sister for no reason! She had a credit with the company and decided to use it to send me flowers, especially since she knew I had been under the weather for the past three weeks. <BR> <BR> I was totally blown away and called her immediately to thank her. Knowing my schedule, she knew when I would be home to receive them so they wouldn't stay outside for long. It also came with a beautiful square vase. Really beau... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 21:35:04 EST